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Twenty to Make / Paper Panda
Louise Firchau

Search Press
8 January 2015/ ISBN 9781782211914
How-To Books/Papercraft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Lock the die cutter away and lose the stencils.? It is time to get back to basics with paper cutting! In here are twenty designs and all you need to make them is paper, a knife and a bit of practice.?

I have enjoyed paper cutting for years and was thrilled to see a book on the subject. It is easy to forget that you don’t really need a lot of paraphernalia to make a card, picture or invitation and this book gives a timely reminder of this. There is not a lot to learn but the book begins with a description of what you need and how to start paper cutting. Each project tells you what you need to buy together with a handy tip and a picture of the finished work. Choose from florals, wildlife, Christmas, fantasy, and more; I particularly like Snowy Day and the Mermaid. Projects have helpful ratings as to how difficult or not they are; arranging them in order of difficulty would have been a good idea but they are random. Ideas for use include cards, pictures, a photo frame, place cards, bookmarks and decorations. The card used is predominantly white, with touches of color here and there which is very effective. This is a beautiful book that gives a largely overlooked craft a deserved place in the modern crafting world and shows that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make something inspiring and eye-catching.

If you cannot find a good range of paper cutting materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

Paper Panda has a website with materials at

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015